Mitt Romney on The Corporate People

Mitt Romney on The Corporate People

In an unscripted move that resembles that of Ronald Reagan’s dramatic “I paid for this microphone” moment in a 1980 New Hampshire debate, Romney declared he would refuse to raise taxes. This led to the following quick exchange:

    Liberal Protestor: “Tax corporations!”
    Romney: “Corporations are people, my friend.”

The governor then turned to the audience and asked if they wanted taxes raised, which was greeted with a loud chorus of boos.

Mitt Romney

Before the afternoon was out, NPR was jumping on Romney, running this story from reporter Frank James headlined:

    Romney’s ‘Corporations Are People’ A Gift To Political Foes

The story said that Romney, whom all the world knows made his success in the business world:

gave his Democratic opponents an early Christmas gift by uttering those words. He just made their goal of pushing the narrative that he is a tool of corporate America much easier by providing them with that handy piece of video…. Liz Halloran of NPR was in the crowd at the state fair for Romney’s “corporations are people” line. “Not his best moment,” she tells us.

The story also said:

These words could haunt him all the way to Election Day if he becomes the nominee. They could follow him the way President Obama’s line about rural folks clinging to their guns and religion tagged along behind the Democrat.

NPR’s Corporate Funding

On November 6, 2003, NPR accepted a grant of over $225 million from the estate of the late Joan Kroc. Kroc, of course, was famous as the wife of Ray Kroc — the founder of McDonald’s. Joan Kroc had no independent wealth of her own. History records that she met her future (and already married) husband when he walked into a bar where she was the piano player. They hit it off and the rest, as they might say, was history.

The point, of course, is that Joan Kroc’s ability to leave behind over $235 million for NPR is precisely because of the corporation formally known as McDonald’s Corporation. And sure enough, just as Mitt Romney said, McDonald’s turns out to be filled with people. Specifically:

  • McDonald’s employs 1.7 million people with private sector jobs
  • McDonald’s has 33,000 outlets in 118 countries where those 1.7 million people have those jobs
  • McDonald’s, as described here by the company, provides health care for its employees.
NPR Funding

What does this illustrate?  That quite aside from the issue of government funding, NPR itself exists as the result of corporate funding. Says NPR of how it gets its money:

NPR’s revenue comes primarily from fees paid by

  • our member stations, 
  • contributions from corporate sponsors
  • institutional foundation grants, 
  • gifts from major donors, 
  • and fees paid by users of The Public Radio Satellite System.

And sources like foundations — the Ford Foundation, for example — got their money from the success of corporations. Not Ford Motor Company — no money for Edsel Ford to set up the Ford Foundation.

With 25 million now unemployed precisely as Romney said, NPR, literally on the air by its own admission because it takes corporate money, is now insisting corporations and the jobs they create will be an issue in this campaign.  Giving Romney and any other conservative out there a priceless opportunity to make Obamanomics the central issue of 2012.

If NPR has such a dim view of corporations, will they stop taking corporate money?

Libertarian Response

As an outsider looking in, on the duopoly that is the democrat / republican trick, I have clarity that most do not have, i.e. the ability to see the plans within plans and the motives of the lesser men that make them.  Not to call the author out or anything, but apparently he is trying to bring Mitt Romney back into the spotlight, given Gov. Perry’s usurping of the supposed republican lead, contrary to what the Ron Paul campaign would suggest.

I think everyone is in agreement that a Ron Paul administration would be a bad thing, FOR BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. And, it would definitely spell the end of federal funding of NPR to begin with.

However, given that the media and the duopoly butter each others’ bread, it is no wonder they ignore the people, i.e. tea party, Ron Paul supporters, libertarian supporters.  This “minority” is now a majority of the actual voters.

Mitt Romney of course would be a 3rd generation GW Bush administration, right behind GW and Obama himself.  I know the duopoly tries to make GW and Obama look like different people, what with him being half black and all, but all 3 are corporatist and not card carrying members of neither the democrat nor republican party.

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House Cuts NPR Funding

House Cuts NPR Funding

In 2008 NPR programming was heard by 10% of adults on a weekly basis and showed a 10-year growth rate in audience share of 45%.

The House voted to strip National Public Radio’s federal funding, a move that followed the release of a “sting” video showing an NPR executive criticizing the Republican Party and saying the station didn’t need millions of dollars in federal money.

Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

The measure passed 228-192, along party lines, after a vigorous debate over the merits of public radio and the need for the government to reduce spending in the wake of a $1.3 trillion debt and $14 trillion deficit that threaten the economy.

“The object of this bill is to get NPR out of the taxpayer’s pocket,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. “It is time for us to be good stewards and save the money of the American taxpayer.”

NPR receives about $90 million in federal funding annually, but the Congressional Budget Office calculated that the net savings from defunding the network would be zero.  Democrats seized on the CBO analysis and ridiculed the GOP for trying to silence popular public radio programs like “Prairie Home Companion” and “Car Talk” for their own political reasons.

“This legislation is no more than an ideological attack on public radio masquerading as a fiscal issue,” said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.

Democrats said the bill would hurt local public radio stations by preventing them from using federal funding to purchase NPR programing or pay their dues to NPR.

Republicans have long been critical of public broadcasting and accuse it of having a liberal slant. Many felt their suspicions were confirmed when an undercover video produced by conservative activist James O’Keefe showed NPR executive Ron Schiller calling the Tea Party movement “scary” and “racist” at a meeting with a potential donor who claimed to be from a Muslim organization that supports Sharia law. Both the donor and organization were fake, part of a sting operation set up by O’Keefe.  Critics claim O’Keefe edited the video in a way that misrepresented what Schiller was saying.

Both Schiller and NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) were forced out following the video’s release.

“I think the image that we have seen on the videos tells us something about the internal culture of NPR,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Earlier this year, Republicans were angered by NPR’s firing of commentator Juan Williams after he said he feared boarding an airplane with someone dressed in Muslim garb.

Republicans are also highly critical of the salaries of public broadcasting executives and used that to bolster their argument that taxpayer funds for their operations should be cut.

Protestors Say to End NPR Federal Funding

One former NPR president earned $1.2 million while the president of the Public Broadcasting System earned $632,000.

On Tuesday, the House voted to cut $50 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, from which NPR draws some funding.

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., told The Washington Examiner on Thursday that Democrats who control the Senate would block House attempts to cut NPR and PBS funding. President Obama said Thursday he opposes the funding cut.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said voters could have the final say if defunding becomes law.

Republicans, he said, “are going to run into a razor blade-sharp reaction from the American public as they find that in place of ‘Car Talk’ and ‘All Things Considered,’ there is radio silence.”

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Bogus News Reports: Wisconsin

False / Fraud News Reports: Wisconsin

You read the headline on Yahoo News:

Wisconsin voters express buyer’s remorse over Gov. Scott Walker

and think to yourself that the sky is falling and that somehow what Governor Scott Walker is doing is wrong. What you don’t know is that the reporters writing the drivel are bought and paid for, and the newspaper itself is a democrat supported branch. They are not going to tell you that public unions have a benefits package that’s completely free of charge, bloated and completely out of sync with the private sector. No private sector employee, these days, receives a free medical, dental and retirement package, fully paid.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

So, why the deception by the news media? They want the Wisconsin governor out of there. The teacher’s union and public unions want their cake at tax payer’s expense. While private company employees have to pay for their own healthcare, retirement, dental, insurance out of their own pocket 75% – 100%, depending on employer.  State workers are getting a free ride. Also, state workers now have higher salaries than private sector employees, in quite a few cross-compatible markets.

If you’re reading this and think that state workers SHOULD get higher salaries, then you’re not understanding what a public job is.

  • It is paid for by taxpayers and therefor should be minimized at all possibilities
  • any tax payer paid job is a burden on the working class
  • any extra benefits that a public worker receives is an additional burden on a tax payer
  • any raise or new hire is an additional burden on tax payers
  • public jobs do not generate any money: i.e. they do not create money, any an all money they gain is from tax payers
  • any political position is a burden on tax payers
  • any agency is a burden on tax payers
  • police are also state workers, so the creation of extra branches within the police are a burden on tax payers: very often new departments within the police department are created without showing any need for them, nor showing how they even affect the crime rate.  They are just an extra burden on tax payers, for no other reason than to get shiny new riot gear or military grade equipment.  When a town, with a population of 250,000 creates a drug task force, without any showing of a drug epidemic in that small village, the police department is wasting public funds, and someone is getting rich in the process.

There has been no scientific polling done in the state of Wisconsin, yet the news is calling for the governors head.  The average tax payer in Wisconsin has NOT been asked if they agree with the governor.  I am sure if the governor sat down and explained how money was being taken out of their $13.00 / hr paycheck, they would ALL side with him.

Gov. Scott Walker (courtesy LA Times)

Also, state budgets and state funding is done by the state, not the federal government.  No national poll or national opinion has anything to do with that state’s internal affairs.  The news is being used outside of the state to try and put political pressure on this man.  He is trying to get out of a very deep and dark financial hole.  Yet, people think that the cash cow, the Wisconsin tax payer, is some how going to come up with more money and just keep throwing money in the hole.

When the governor is faced with a hole and the state budget is leaking, you need to fix the leak.  His proposals are not even enough to fix the leaks they have.  Yet, the news media is being used to put pressure on him to stop doing what he is trying to do, i.e. fix a little of the problem.

What is really wrong with the picture is that the governor is trying to SAVE state worker’s jobs.  It seems that the members would rather fire a huge portion of their workers than take a small pay cut or ACTUALLY contribute to their own benefits.

Walker says he’s actually working to preserve jobs for state workers. By ending collective bargaining and forcing state workers to contribute 5.8% of their salaries toward pensions and doubling their health insurance contribution, his administration would save 1,500 jobs between now and July, Walker says.

Seems kind of pointless to argue with those who are not intellectually honest about a situation.  I understand politics, but when you present something  as direct as the above, there’s no politics behind it.  Those are crisp, shiny numbers.  As the saying goes, numbers don’t lie.

I say fire the workers and let them keep their salary.  The firing of 1,500 employees would massively save on the budget.  The real numbers are probably way above 1,500 to save the budget.  I am just guessing though.  I read somewhere that it’s actually 5,500 jobs that would balance the budget.  It does include teachers, so people might be a little frustrated at firing that many people.

Libertarian View

Of course, this is just another republican governor being slammed by a democrat supported newspaper.  There is frankly, nothing to see here and nothing is going to change.  If libertarians were in charge we wouldn’t be in this position at all.  There would be no massive spending and massive budgets.  The government would be tiny and the tax burden on state tax payers would be minuscule.  This very same Governor Scott Walker, usurped the Libertarian originated “tea party” and crowned himself a tea party conservative.

At the end of the day, Governor Scott Walker, if allowed to do what he wants to, will probably come close to balancing the budget, however, in the wake of it the unions for state workers will be destroyed.  As a Libertarian, I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing, but not allowing any collective bargaining in the current system is in fact a bad thing.  Under a Libertarian system it wouldn’t be bad to not have collective bargaining, because Libertarians aren’t out to destroy the American family, just the opposite, we’re here to rebuild it.

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Obama to Raise Gas Tax: Poll

Americans Strongly Oppose Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Obama Proposes to Raise Gas Tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans by a wide margin oppose a proposal to raise the U.S. gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon to help cut U.S. budget deficits and support cutting the federal work force, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The poll revealed mixed views on some of the recommendations made last week by President Barack Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission. The commission put forward a number of tax and spending recommendations to cut $4 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years.

The least popular of the recommendations polled by Ipsos for Reuters was a proposal to raise gasoline taxes by 15 cents a gallon. The commission said the increase was needed to fully fund the trust fund that finances transportation projects. But 75 percent of Americans opposed the increase, the poll found.

The current federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon, while taxes imposed by U.S. states average another 22 cents per gallon.

Seventy-one percent said they agreed with a commission proposal to cut the federal work force by 10 percent and reduce congressional and White House budgets. Sixty-one percent said they agreed with proposals to end federal grants to large- and medium-sized airports and to require airports to pay a greater share of the cost of aviation security.

The poll of 1,028 adults, including 802 registered voters, was taken Thursday through Sunday and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

The poll showed how difficult it will be to win public and congressional support for many of the recommendations made last week by the commission. The panel itself was not united on the plan. Eleven of the 18 members of the panel supported the package, while 7 opposed it.

Retiremen Age

The poll showed that Americans are nearly split on the idea of gradually raising the retirement age to receive full Social Security benefits to 69 by 2075, a key part of the commission’s proposal to shore up the retirement system that faces increasing financial strains from the aging post-World War Two baby boom generation. The retirement age already is being gradually raised from 65 to 67.

Only 47 percent of those polled said they agreed with the commission proposal on raising the retirement age, while 49 percent said they disagreed with it.

Fifty-five percent agreed with the panel’s proposal to reduce Social Security benefits for higher-income retirees, while 57 percent said they agreed with the idea of giving retirees a choice of collecting half their benefits early and the other half at a later age.

A slight majority, 54 percent, said they disagreed with a proposal to stop taxing the overseas profits of U.S. multinational corporations. That proposal would be part of an overall tax reform recommended by the commission to streamline the complex U.S. tax code and help lower tax rates.

Fifty-eight percent of those polled said they agreed with the proposal to lower individual and corporate income tax rates.

Fifty-six percent agreed with a proposal to reduce overseas military bases and another cost-saving measure to integrate the children of military families into local schools near U.S. military bases and close schools on the bases.

Forty-nine percent said they agreed with a proposal to freeze Defense Department salaries and bonuses as well as noncombat military pay for three years. Forty-five percent said they disagreed with it and 7 percent said they were not sure.

On healthcare, about 45 percent said they agreed with the commission’s proposal to phase out the tax-free status of employer-provided healthcare, while 43 percent disagreed and 12 percent said they were not sure.

(Reporting by Donna Smith; Editing by Will Dunham)

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